Elizabeth Taylor is dead at 79

She was a legend — and a great ally:

Elizabeth Taylor, , a voluptuous violet-eyed actress who lived a life of luster and anguish and spent more than six decades as one of the world’s most visible women for her two Academy Awards, eight marriages, ravaging illnesses and work in AIDS philanthropy, died Wednesday at age 79.

Ms. Taylor’s life offered a mesmerizing series of sagas to rival any movie plot, and they were chronicled by the media since her boost to fame as the enchanting 12-year-old star of “National Velvet” (1944).

By her mid-20s, she had been a screen goddess, teenage bride, mother, divorcee and widow. She endured near-death traumas, and many declared her a symbol of survival — with which she agreed. “I’ve been through it all, baby,” she once said. “I’m Mother Courage.”

Wanted to add what Mike Signorile just tweeted:

Thank you to Elizabeth Taylor, who spoke out on AIDS when no one would, during a frightening & tragic time. She was brave & powerful .


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